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This class offers a safe space for dancers to unburden insecurities and physical blockages. Gerrard uses a combination of flow and dynamic changes in movement quality to maximise expression.
Attention will be given to strengthening the dancer, and their alignment. Influenced by his training and professional dance career, Gerrard blends various styles of dance to enhance floor, travelling and phrase work.
Yoga exercises will be utilised to gain a better insight into the connection between body and mind. Special attention will be paid to developing the use of the breath, to help achieve better focus and centeredness.
Classes ensure a positive impact on the participant, leading to a productive day both artistically and spiritually
(Relaxed, encouraging and inspiring. I use imagery to create mental pictures, in order to remember and connect with sequencing).
Gerrard Martin trained at De Montfort University, gaining a BA Hons in English Literature and Performing Arts; he then went on to Northern School of Contemporary Dance and obtained a Diploma in Professional Dance Studies
He has danced for Akademi, Rosie Kay Dance Company, and has toured nationally with Tavaziva Dance, Union Dance Company, as well as dancing for the West End's production of the Lion King, Ballet Black, Aletta Collins Dance Company, State of Emergency, and Phoenix Dance Company.
Aside from modeling, commercial dance contracts, and film engagements, Gerrard has also danced for National Theatre, has toured internationally with the ‘English National Opera’, and the Royal Opera House.
Gerrard has taught and mentored on the Children Youth Dance and Adult Classes & Courses programme at the Place, he is an Associate Lecturer at the University of Northampton, and a dance teacher at RADA, (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art).
Gerrard has choreographed for Outbox Theatre, Longborough Opera, British Museum, Pegasus Opera and the National Portrait gallery. The West Bengal Federation of Dance, India commissioned Gerrard’s choreography for World Dance Day.
He created his project-based company ‘Gerrard Martin Dance’ in 2011 and has had work featured at the National Portrait Gallery, RichMix and the Emerge, Between the Lines, South Bank Urban, Let’s Dance International, and Cloud Dance Festivals. Gerrard's work has also been selected for The Field Film festival, UK and the Athens Video Dance Project, Greece.
He was an assistant choreographer on the English National Opera’s Porgy and Bess, One Love Musical, (Bob Marley), and the 40th UAE Royal Anniversary Performance, Abu Dhabi.
Gerrard aims to produce works of emotive and socially relevant dance-theatre; to teach and facilitate creativity through movement, yoga, and dance, and wishes to collaborate and engage with artists across different mediums.
He is part of the first cohort of The Kerry Nicholls Dance Mentoring Programme, and is a trained Yoga teacher.
Can you tell me a little bit about your background in dance?
I started at about 19 yrs. old, and then throughout my BA Hons degree, I took modules based on Alexander Technique. After my degree I trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. I have worked in contemporary, ballet, opera and fusion companies; in the West End, and on TV and film. I choreograph, teach dance and yoga, perform and movement direct.
What can we expect from your class?
Technique, core work, postural alignment, floor work, moving through space with dynamism and musicality. Attention to breathe and flow whilst dancing.
What do you like most about teaching?
I like to inspire, nurture and challenge dancers. I love when artists can meet their potential, and feel that they are opening up to their creativity. I want the dancer to leave a technical / creative class feeling accomplished.
Who was your most influential teacher?
I have a few: London Contemporary Dance Theatre dancers open my eyes to dance, when I was on a teenage boys project. Amanda (my first dance teacher), Sally Doughty, Simon Birch, Namron. Teachers throughout my training who taught me about resilience, strength, perseverance and being myself.
What has been your biggest challenge as a dancer?
Juggling being a freelance artist and all its high low and plateaus, as well as being too self-critical.
Duration: 90 mins
Venue: at The Place
This event is part of Professional Classes Summer 2019